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South Carolina ranked third nationally in unprovoked shark attacks in 2012 according to data released this week by researchers at the University of Florida.

The Palmetto State experienced five such attacks, placing it in a tie with California behind Florida (26) and Hawaii (10). This according to UF’s Worldwide Shark Attack Summary.

Globally there were eighty unprovoked attacks, with fifty-three taking place in the United States. Domestically, that’s the highest number of shark attacks on record since 2000. Only seven of these attacks (and just one in America) proved fatal, however.

Hat Tip: Brevard Times

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